Elvis Presley. MUSI 3200Y. Bill Haley and the Comets. Rock Around the Clock Form Rhythm Lyrics Instrumentation. Mystery Train. Rockabilly Two-beat Imitation of a locomotive Perform twice as fast, backbeat Light instrumentation. Heartbreak Hotel.
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Rock Around the Clock
Imitation of a locomotive
Perform twice as fast, backbeat
Elvis produced and directed almost all his own music
Never really interested in trying to improve his playing skills
First RCA session
Bob Ferris constructed an echo chamber
Label feared it was a terrible mistake
Elvis’ first #1 hit
Prison movie cliches
Elvis ignored satiric intent
“The Anvil Chorus”
Chain gang smashing rocks
First single ever to go straight to #1 in UK
A cut on the soundtrack to Blue Hawaii
RCA wanted to release single while in theatres
Colonel’s policy mandated a single be out 6 weeks prior
20 weeks at #1 and sold over 2M records
Last Top 3 before Beatles hit America
Sessions for a studio album never released
Bernie Baum, Bill Giant and Florence Kaye
Presley was “The King” because he was the musical personification of what Rock and Roll was.
His multi-faceted personality and musical versatility meant that his appeal could be broadened beyond that of the typical Rock-and-Roll star.
Elvis’ commercial success was overwhelming. By the time of Elvis’ death at least 500 million copies of Presley records had been sold.
Presley holds the record for the most charted albums